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Paper: Palomar-QUEST: A Case Study in Designing Sky Surveys in the VO Era
Volume: 314, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XIII
Page: 14
Authors: Graham, M.J.; Williams, R.; Djorgovski, S.G.; Mahabal, A.; Baltay, C.; Rabinowitz, D.; Bauer, A.; Snyder, J.; Morgan, N.; Andrews, P.; Szalay, A.S.; Brunner, R.J.; Musser, J.
Abstract: The advent of wide-area multicolour synoptic sky surveys is leading to data sets unprecedented in size, complexity and data throughput. VO technology offers a way to exploit these to the full but requires changes in design philosophy. The Palomar-QUEST survey is a major new survey being undertaken by Caltech, Yale, JPL and Indiana University to repeatedly observe 1/3 of the sky (~ 15000 sq. deg. between −27° ≤ δ ≤ 27°) in seven passbands. Utilising the 48-inch Oschin Schmidt Telescope at the Palomar Observatory with the 112-CCD QUEST camera covering the full 4° x 4° field of view, it will generate ~ 1TB of data per month. In this paper, we review the design of QUEST as a VO resource, a federated data set and an exemplar of VO standards.
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